As the frontline healthcare workers rapidly embraced with pandemic health care sector workers have requested from the government to prioritize vaccination with Pfizer for their children who are vulnerable. According to the sources currently, health staff working at the main hospitals including National Hospital and other hospitals in the country are at high risk of contracting Covid disease and their children. They should be given more priority in administering the Pfizer vaccine which has been imported to Sri Lanka. It is revealed to Lankasara that the Epidemiology unit of the health ministry has received requests from the health sector.
The disease has infected people of all walks of life, including doctors, nurses, ambulance drivers and supportive staff in all major hospitals in the country, and the transmission of their children through them has also hampered the functioning of hospitals. Therefore, a request has been made to give priority to the Pfizer vaccine to their children. According to the sources, the vaccine is being passed on to various parties through the Covid Task Force, which has created an imbalance in the number of people who should be given priority for the vaccine as well as other outsiders.
The reason for this situation is that many people are interested in giving this vaccine to their children as it has been stated that the Pfizer vaccine is suitable for children of all ages. At present, nearly 750,000 Pfizer vaccines have arrived in the country and in some districts, in addition to vaccinations, steps have been taken to provide vaccinations to children going abroad for higher education and abroad.
However, when the doctors inquired about the vaccine from the Epidemiology Unit, the authorities said that the process of distributing the vaccine was not under the control of the Epidemiology Unit, a source close to the Ministry told Lankasara.